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ACC Daily Links - Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:12pm
By: Brian Geisinger

Most of this post was completed from inside a coffee shop this morning. Sitting next to me were two NC State fans, and they were discussing tonight's game against No. 3 Clemson. One was cautiously optimistic the Pack could slow down the Tigers, the other was prepared to have Tajh Boyd throw for eight touchdowns tonight. Regardless of what happens, it is darn good to have prime time football going down inside the friendly confines of The Footprint.

Boston College
Despite the 70-0 loss to Georgia Tech this season, Elon is, ostensibly, not deterred from playing against ACC schools; they will take on Steve Addazio's Dudes in Chestnut Hill in 2015.

Would you believe that NC State's offense has been more efficient than that of the Tigers? Well, check out this excellent post on yards/plays per game (alert: small sample size). The Tigers take on the Wolfpack tonight in Raleigh, and Dabo's club promises to bring the proper mentality.

With Syracuse and Jim Boeheim now in the ACC, Mike Krzyzewski is no longer the oldest basketball coach in the conference - it's close, though. Junior quarterback Brandon Connette didn't have the strongest performance last week against Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets, but he and coach David Cutcliffe are ready to rally this weekend, when they host Pitt.

Florida State
Famous Jameis Winston is the talk of the ACC and, hey, look... he spoke with media and FSU's public relations department yesterday. Winston - to the surprise of some, probably - expects more of himself.

Georgia Tech
Here's everything you need to get ready for the Jackets' showdown with North Carolina this weekend - note: be ready to see some scoring. Unfortunately for Tech, OT Morgan Bailey will be held out of their game against the Heels with an undisclosed injury.

The Terps - who, thanks to Lefty Driesell, are credited with the advent of Midnight Madness - have announced the date for their first practice for the 2013-14 basketball season. It's just a fact: Stefon Diggs is really, really good at football.

With a home game against Savannah State on the docket for this weekend, the Hurricanes are hoping to get several younger players, including running back Gus 'The Bus' Edwards, more playing time.

North Carolina
Last season's UNC-Georgia Tech game turned into a shootout of epic proportions, which resulted in a record-setting Yellow Jacket win, but Larry Fedora's defense is ready to redeem themselves this weekend.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack are preparing to take on the high-flying, Chad Morris-designed, Tajh Boyd-piloted offense of the Tigers tonight. How will the Pack's uptempo spread attack (lead by junior QB Pete Thomas) fare against Clemson on the pitch on Carter-Finley? Head man Dave Doeren was on the David Glenn Show yesterday.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish and Michigan State have been squaring off against each other for over a century - this weekend's match will be the 77th of their series, which Notre Dame leads: 47-28-1. A crowded Irish backfield, which is nothing new at Notre Dame, will go at an MSU defense that boasts the nation's No. 1 run defense.

Here are the top ten quotes from head coach Paul Chryst's news conference this week. With the veteran Devin Street and the young gunner Tyler Boyd, the Panthers have one of the best wide receiver duos in the ACC.

Quarterback Terrel Hunt played darn well against Wagner last week; Michael Cohen takes a more in-depth look at that performance.

Tony Bennett and company landed a commitment yesterday from Jack Salt (great name, by the way), a 6-10 center from New Zealand - he's a Kiwi, you guys! Lets keep the international flavor going here, I guess: defensive end Brent Urban - a Canadian - is playing well, and drawing the interest of NFL scouts.

Virginia Tech
With Doc Holliday (hey, another great name!) calling plays and quarterback Rakeem Cato running Marshall's offense, the Hokies defense knows they're going to have to step up to put the breaks on the Thundering Herd's hurry-up. Tech's offensive line performed admirably against the Crimson Tide in week one, but had their struggles against ECU last weekend. Going forward, how will they progress

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons went north the West Virginia to land their newest basketball commit: Rondale Watson, a 6-2 two-star shooting guard. Wideout Orville Reynolds - a converted running back - was dynamite against Louisiana-Monroe last weekend.